Oliver Jiménez-Servín

How to run a Ghost blog on Laravel Forge

Since I have a Laravel Forge account to help me manage my server, I wanted to host this Ghost blog in it too, and it's relatively easy.

Create a server on Forge

I'm using a Stardust instance in Scaleway since it keeps my operating costs relatively low. It costs around $2.2/month(€0.0025/hour).

Create a new site with /ghost/current path as Web Directory, and set up a new SSL certificate with LetsEncrypt.
Laravel Forge new site
Setup Nginx

Edit the site Nginx configuration.

Replace index index.html index.htm index.php; with index index.js index.html index.htm index.php;

Replace the location block from:
    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        include fastcgi_params;
    location / {
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header Connection ‘upgrade’;
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_cache_bypass $http_upgrade;
Edit Nginx configuration
Add a MySQL database

Create a new database for Ghost.
Create database
Install Ghost

Connect to the server via SSH.
ssh [email protected]_ADDRESS
Install Ghost CLI.
sudo npm i -g ghost-cli
Remove your existing ghost directory.
cd oliver.mx

sudo rm -rf ghost
Make a ghost directory and install Ghost.
mkdir ghost && cd ghost

ghost install
The installation process looks like this:
Enter your blog URL: https://oliver.mx
Enter your MySQL hostname:
Enter your MySQL username: forge
Enter your MySQL password: [Forge created Database password]
Enter your Ghost database name: ghostblog

# Answering no will skip the SSL set up as well
Do you wish to set up Nginx? n

Do you wish to set up "ghost" mysql user? n 

Do you wish to set up Systemd? Y

Do you want to start Ghost? Y
Congrats! Your new Ghost blog is alive.

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